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contagion

n. infection, contamination.

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seroprevalence

n. number of persons in a population who test positive for a specific disease based on serology (blood serum)

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lumbago

n. pain in the muscles and joints of the lower back

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sentinel

n. person who watches, guard that challenges all comers. lookout

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integument

n. shell, skin, coat, hide. Outer protective layer, esp that of an animal or plant

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malaise

n. sickness, discomfort, depression, anxiety. Society afflicted by deep cultural __.

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crest

n. summit, highest park, peak

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goiter

n. swelling of the neck from enlargement of thyroid gland

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halitosis

n. technical term for bad breath

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vivisection

n. action of cutting into a living body

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pedigree

n. record of descent of an animal, showing it to be purebred animal, recorded ancestry esp of upper class

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pathology

n. science of the causes, nature, and course of disease

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etiology

n. the study of the cause of diseases

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femur

n. thigh bone

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inoculation

n. treat a person w vaccine to produce immunity against a disease

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genus

n. type, breed, category, class. The usual major subdivision of a family or sub family in the classification of organisms, us. more than one species

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palliate

v. alleviate, ally without curing

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mottle

v. bespeckle, mark with spots or smears of color. The cow coat was red _ with white.

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deracinate

v. eradicate, uproot, diplace

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efface

v. erase, delete, eliminate. With time the words are _ ed by the frost and rain.

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polydactyl

v. having more than five fingers or toes

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dispatch

v. send off efficiently, dismiss persons. They _ the opposition.

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spay

v. sterilize (a female animal) by removing the ovaries. We __ dogs so they don't breed.

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lacerate

v. tear, deeply cut; wound. His badly __ hands and kneew.

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palpate

v. tough, examine, examined by touch esp for medical purposes.

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bleat

v. wavering cry, baa (sheep, goat, calf).

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bucolic

adj. rural, rustic, pastoral, relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside

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feral

adj. untamed, in a wild state, esp after escape from captivity/ domestication. __ cat.

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leaden

adj. dull, heavy, slow

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perennial

adj. enduring, continuous

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laden

adj. heavily loaded or weighed down

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ephemeral

adj. momentary, passing, short-lived, brief. Short amount of time, short life cycle.

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fecund

adj. productive, fertile

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sylvan

adj. woodsy, sylvan, rustic

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viaduct

n. bridge that carries road or railroad

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massif

n. compact group of mountains esp one that is separate from other groups

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wigwam

n. dome shaped tent made by fastening covers over frame work of poles

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fern

n. flowerless plant that has feathery or leafy fronds and reproduces

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piedmont

n. gentle slope leading from the base of mountains to a region of flat land

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hummock

n. hillock, knoll, mount; hump group rising above something

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foothill

n. low hill at the base of a mountain, range

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parapet

n. low protective wall along the edge of a roof bridge or balcony

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porter

n. person employed to carry luggage and other loads esp in railroad station, airport, hotel

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thatch

n. roof covering of straw, reeds, palm leaves or a similar material

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veranda

n. roofed platform along the outside of a house, level with the ground floor

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fusillade

n. series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession. A _ of accusations.

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rick

n. stack of hay corn straw or similar material esp one built into a regular shape and thatched

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mangrove

n. tree shrub that grows in muddy chiefly tropical coastal swamps inundated at high tide

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rivulet

n. very small stream

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enfilade

n. volley of gunfire directed along a line from end to end. A suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other.